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New OMVA scholarship to help cover room and board costs for ROTC students

first_imgThe Office of Military and Veteran Affairs (OMVA) established a scholarship this year that will help cover the cost of room and board for Notre Dame ROTC students.Titled the Theodore M. Hesburgh ROTC Endowment of Excellence scholarship, the first award will likely be gifted in the next two or three years, Regan Jones, director of the OMVA, said. “This is one of the many pieces to the overall comprehensive military veteran strategy at the University,” Jones said. “[The OMVA has] been in business a year but we’re making great progress and really excited about the opportunities to support these students and to grow these populations on campus.”Jones said the scholarship, which was created with the help of a number of benefactors, represents an investment in ROTC students and ensures Notre Dame is attracting the nation’s top ROTC talent. “It’s not large enough to cover the cost of room and board for all ROTC students, so that’s the goal,” Jones said. “But it was an intermediate and an initial and an important first step to rally support from our alumni, families, students and friends to also give in support of this particular endowment to ensure the future of our ROTC program and students.”The scholarship will be awarded to ROTC participants who demonstrate exceptional performance in academic achievement, financial need, character and leadership qualities, Jones said. Incoming students will be eligible to apply for it through the normal financial aid process.“There may be incremental steps that include getting scholarships out to a small number of students initially based on the criteria I listed [or] it may include giving a percentage of the room and board cost to all students,” Jones said. “Eventually, absolutely it’d be our goal to have room and board covered for [all of] our ROTC students.”The federal government allots a number of ROTC scholarships to Notre Dame annually, but those only cover the cost of tuition and fees and not all of the allotted scholarships are utilized, Jones said.“What we’ve seen happen in recent years is that we’re not as a University maximizing the number of ROTC scholarships at Notre Dame,” Jones said. “And so as a result of that, we work closely with a number of campus partners and we’ve had great success with University donors that are rallying to support a scholarship for room and board for our ROTC students.”At Notre Dame, room and board costs an average of $15,410 per year, according to the Office of Financial Aid website. Junior Sammie Escamilla, an operations assistant at the OMVA, said the goal of the scholarship is to ease the financial burden of many ROTC students who acquire an average of up to $30,000 in student debt due to room and board expenses.“The cost of room and board here at Notre Dame is over $14,000 dollars which is not a little amount at all,” Escamilla said. “So if we’re able to help even one person who wants to come to Notre Dame to fulfill their Notre Dame education with this scholarship while they’re doing ROTC, I think it’s great because we’re setting up the service members … with a great future.”The Notre Dame Trident Naval Society (TNS) was one of the donors that made the endowment possible, Escamilla said, by donating over $3,000. Junior and president of TNS Michael Terranova said in an email that $2,000 of the $3,430 donated from TNS came from the organization’s own funds, while the rest came from money raised on Notre Dame Day. The donations were meant to help “as many cadets and midshipmen as possible,” Terranova said.“This is extremely important to many members of ROTC, because even though some of us are on scholarship from our respective military branches, room and board still presents a sizable financial burden,” he said. “As the endowment grows over the next couple of years, the scholarship will have a very positive impact on many cadets and midshipmen as it will lift some of this burden.”Jones said donors like TNS who contributed to the endowment are helping prolong the legacy of former University President Fr. Theodore Hesburgh, who was a “champion of supporting ROTC and the military.” The scholarship, named after Fr. Hesburgh, will be built to last and ensure the future of the ROTC program forever, Jones said.“It was that generous donor and the creation of this endowment that inspired our ROTC students who decided to donate their money they raised around ND Day to actually go toward this endowment,” Jones said. “… They know this is a gift that won’t support them, but what they’re investing in is the future of the ROTC program at Notre Dame.”Tags: Military, OMVA, Room and Board, ROTC, scholarship, Theodore M. Hesburgh ROTC Endowment of Excellencelast_img read more

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UNESCO weighs in on Lamu coal plant debate, wants answers from Kenyan government

first_img FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Quartz:The controversy over a planned coal plant in Kenya’s idyllic coast is far from over.The United Nations cultural organization this week called on the Kenyan government to reassess the impact of the coal-fired power project on the heritage and natural environment of Lamu. The archipelago is designated as a UNESCO World Heritage Site and is considered the oldest and best-preserved Swahili settlement in East Africa. The decision was made during UNESCO’s 43rd session in Baku, the capital of Azerbaijan.The heritage committee asked Nairobi to also review the cultural and environmental impact of the Lamu Port South Sudan Transport Corridor (LAPSSET), a multibillion-dollar infrastructure and transport project connecting Kenya, Ethiopia, and South Sudan. Calling the situation a “matter of urgency,” UNESCO also lamented Nairobi’s provision of “only limited information” over the years, especially how the LAPSSET project would impact Lamu’s traditional architecture and history.Kenyan officials were given a deadline of February 2020 to submit a report, with the committee mulling the possibility of putting Lamu on the List of World Heritage in Danger. The UN body designed the list to highlight how existing heritage sites were threatened by war, pollution, unchecked development, and natural disasters.The decision from UNESCO follows a ruling from Kenya’s National Environmental Tribunal in late June which halted the plans to build the coal plant. Judges said authorities had failed to conduct a thorough assessment of the plant’s impact on Lamu, canceled the license issued by the National Environmental Management Authority and ordered developer Amu Power undertake a new evaluation. The environmental court also faulted the Chinese-backed power plant for failing to adequately consult the public about the initiative and cited insufficient and unclear plans for handling and storing toxic coal ash.The announcement in Azerbaijan comes days after environmental activists said Kenyan authorities were trying to water down the status of Lamu as a heritage site. In a draft document published on UNESCO’s site, proposed amendments included removing considerations of the impact of the coal plant on Lamu. Authorities argue the plant would generate 1,050 megawatts of power upon completion, and boost the country’s fast-growing demand for electricity.More: UNESCO wants Kenya to review plans to build its first coal plant on a world heritage site UNESCO weighs in on Lamu coal plant debate, wants answers from Kenyan governmentlast_img read more

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Men’s basketball need to know: Wisconsin vs. Indiana

first_imgWith 10 Big Ten games left in the regular season and a 1 1/2 game lead over the rest of the conference, the No. 5 Wisconsin men’s basketball team returns to action Tuesday against the Indiana Hoosiers .After another win over the Iowa Hawkeyes Saturday, the Badgers will take on the Hoosiers Tuesday night at the Kohl Center for the first time this season. Tuesday’s game is the only time Wisconsin and Indiana will meet in the regular season.Here’s what you need to know:No. 5 Wisconsin (19-2, 7-1 Big Ten)Big Ten: 7-1, 1st place by 1.5 games over Maryland, Ohio State, Indiana, Michigan State and PurdueLast Game: Defeated Iowa in Iowa City, 74-63Probable Starters: G – Bronson Koenig (6-4, 6.1 ppg), G – Josh Gasser (6-4, 7.4 ppg), F – Sam Dekker (6-9, 12.6 ppg), F – Nigel Hayes (6-8, 12.4 ppg), F – Frank Kaminsky (7-0, 17.6 ppg)Key Reserves: F – Duje Dukan, F – Vitto Brown, F – Zak ShowalterNeed to Know: After their lone conference loss of the season against Rutgers a few weeks back, the Badgers have rattled off four straight wins. With each win, they look more and more like the clear-cut favorite in the Big Ten. Three of those four wins have been won by more than 10 points and the last two wins, against Michigan and Iowa, have come on the road.Against Iowa Saturday, Wisconsin held the hot-shooting Hawkeyes in the second half to pull out a 74-63 win. Frank Kaminsky led the Badgers in scoring (24) and rebounds (9), while three other players (Sam Dekker, Nigel Hayes and Josh Gasser) scored in double figures. It was Wisconsin’s second win against Iowa in 11 days and gave the Hawkeyes their third straight loss.In Big Ten play, Wisconsin leads the conference in scoring (73.6 ppg), field goal percentage (.490), three-point percentage (.385) and assist-to-turnover margin (1.9). The Badgers also lead the nation in fewest turnovers per game (7.7) and fewest fouls per game (13.2). Wisconsin’s .486 overall field goal percentage this season ranks 18th in the country.Since filling in as point guard for the injured Traevon Jackson the past five games, sophomore Bronson Koenig has totaled five career starts. Within those five games, Koenig is averaging 11.4 points per game and has only three turnovers in 177 minutes as a starter. On the season, Koenig’s 4.4 assist-to-turnover ratio is second in the nation.Indiana (16-6, 6-3 Big Ten)Big Ten: 6-3, Tied for 2nd place, half game behind WisconsinLast Game: Defeated Rutgers at home, 72-64Probable Starters: G – Kevin “Yogi” Ferrell (6-0, 16.1 ppg), G – James Blackmon Jr. (6-4, 16.5 ppg), G – Nick Zeisloft (6-4, 5.9 ppg), F – Troy Williams (6-7, 13.0 ppg), F – Collin Hartman (6-7, 5.0 ppg)Key Reserves: G – Robert Johnson, G – Stanford Robinson, F – Emmitt HoltNeed to Know: Indiana has lost two of its last three games and fell out of the AP Top 25 poll for the first time in three weeks Monday. The Hoosiers lost back-to-back games against Ohio State and Purdue before knocking off Rutgers Saturday. Indiana is ranked No. 25 in the Coaches Poll.On Saturday, Indiana’s dynamic backcourt trio of Ferrell, Blackmon Jr. and Williams combined to score 48 of the Hoosiers’ 72 points. Blackmon Jr. had 20 points while Ferrell and Williams each chipped in 14 points. Indiana held off Rutgers in the second half by allowing only three Scarlet Knight field goals over the final seven minutes of the game. The Hoosier bench outscored Rutgers’ bench 26-0.Indiana comes to the Kohl Center Tuesday with one of the best offenses in the country. The Hoosiers are averaging 80.3 points per game which is best in the Big Ten and 14th nationally while converting a conference-best 40.2 percent of their three-point shots. Despite their strengths on offense, Indiana ranks dead last in the Big Ten in scoring defense (72.0 ppg) and field goal percentage defense (44.7 percent).Who – No. 5 Wisconsin (19-2, 7-1 Big Ten) vs. Indiana (16-6, 6-3 Big Ten)When – Tuesday, Feb. 3, 6 p.m.Where – Madison, Wisconsin; Kohl Center (17,279)TV Broadcast – ESPN (Mike Tirico, Dan Dakich and Allison Williams)last_img read more

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